TX2K17: A World Record Weekend at Royal Purple Raceway

If you've never had the pleasure of attending TX2K, you may not know what you're missing out on. Some have referred to it as "The Super Bowl of Street Car Racing," and we'd have to agree. It's an event that's gone from being Supra-centric, to a full on clash of automotive titans. #TeamXPEL en route to TX2K17 After a brief stop at XPEL Houston, we pressed onward to Royal Purple Raceway for the main event. David set the pace in his XPEL ULTIMATE wrapped Dodge Challenger SRT 392. Consequentially, it was the perfect opportunity for snapping rolling shots! We weren't alone on the drive in either. A few miles out from the track, we came upon a lone Chicane Grey McLaren 570s that was also making its way to TX2K17. The driver surprised us with a lightning fast flyby before putting a few car lengths on our convoy. On Location at Royal Purple Raceway With our tent all set up close to the staging lanes, we were in a prime position for event's festivities. While the yellow XPEL Tundra is eye catching on its own, we opted to draw a crowd in proper TX2K fashion: horsepower. Over the course of our stay at RPR, we had a combined excess of around 3,000+ HP on deck between two Lamborghinis. First up was a beautiful Underground Racing Superleggera. The following day, a bright orange Heffner Performance Gallardo graced the booth. Amidst Facebook Live streams, we took some time to educate attendees on the advantages of XPEL ULTIMATE & STEALTH self-healing clear bra as well as our PRIME window films. We saw a lot of familiar faces and we also made a few new friends. One attendee even told us he's hoping to expanding the XPEL Dealer Network all the way to Jamaica! As luck would have it, our neighbors from Eat Sleep Race brought out a crazy RHD Rocket Bunny S15 with a Nissan RB26 motor swap. It was quite a sight to behold and definitely attracted a lot of attention from event goers. Car Spotting Around the Grounds There was a wide variety of vehicles to see at TX2K17, from tuners to exotics & beyond. Most of all, the Nissan GT-R presence at TX2K has grown stronger with each passing year, and 2017 was no exception. For example, it's not every day that we get to see a line up of GT-R's spanning four generations! Between the rows of tents & team trailers, we spotted a Radical RXC, the same elusive grey McLaren, and even a new Ford Raptor. One of the great things about an event like TX2K is that a majority of the cars there came to race. Hard parking isn't on the event schedule. Venturing over towards the dyno zone, we spied a lone Mazda RX-7 prepping for a pull. As spectators looked on, the FD grumbled to life in an eruption of boost. One of the nice things about dyno days at TX2K is the fact that it's open to all makes & models. Anyone can test their power output whether they're running AWD or 2WD. It's hard to resist snapping a pic of anything that's XPEL yellow. A well-kept Ford GT sat unassumingly near the tail end of the staging lanes a few feet away from the action. While it seemed to be stock in nature, you can never be too sure of what's lurking below the surface at an event like TX2K. Beyond our booth, there were quite a few cars on-site protected with XPEL ULTIMATE clear bra as well. A UR8 Lamborghini Huracan, Huracan Spyder, and a Murcielago sat near the track entrance looking as good as the day they got wrapped. Even a brand new 2017 Acura NSX found its way to TX2K, shining bright in metallic pearl white. No doubt, it was a perfect candidate for paint protection! Trackside at TX2K17 Exploring the pits at the track is an experience in itself, but the real reason to attend is the racing. As Gold Tier sponsors of TX2K17, we had access to get right up in the thick of it, and it didn't disappoint. With our team polos caked in tire fragments, permeated by the smell of exhaust, we ended every day wide eyed & grinning. As a result of our proximity, we may have suffered some minor hearing loss, but it was worth it. Next time we'll make sure to bring some ear protection. From the tower walkways, we got a bird's eye view of the action. If you're not familiar with roll racing, the concept is simple: cars have to maintain a designated speed as they approach the start point.  Once they reach the flag, it's wide open throttle till the end of the pass and as a result, whoever gets there first, wins. In a sense, roll racing brings the rush of freeway pulls to a safer, more controlled environment. With multiple brackets & classes competing, there was plenty of high-horsepower entertainment to take in. As the days events progressed, the anticipation for automotive insanity continued to elevate. WITNESSING HISTORY IN THE MAKING We saw quite a few passes during our four day stay at Royal Purple Raceway. Breaking records at TX2K is by no means a rare occurrence and it's always mind blowing to see first hand. With trap speeds reaching into the 200s, a few measly seconds can feel like a century waiting for the results to come in. One of the first record breakers was none other than a twin turbo UR4 Huracan piloted by KC Howeth of Underground Racing. In the first round of roll racing, KC set a new track top speed of 217 MPH. Working his way through eliminations, Howeth wound up in the finals placing 1st in the Unlimited Class. Excitement brewed over with exhibition drag racing from AMS Performance and ETS. While multiple teams were gunning for the elusive 6 second quarter mile pass, only one emerged victorious. Despite suffering an engine fire the day prior, the AMS Alpha G GT-R brought the quickness. For a moment, time seemed to slow to a near halt. The announcer boomed over the loudspeaker, and the clocks confirmed it: Gidi Chamdi set a new world record. Cheers erupted from the crowd. The media swarmed around Gidi & the AMS team while they took in the moment. For those who missed out, check out the video clip below and watch the Alpha G's insane 6.9 second pass for yourself. Video courtesy of 1320 Video WRAPPING UP & ROLLING OUT All in all, it seems safe to say that TX2K17 was one of the best ones yet. It's an epic showcase of automotive awesomeness, and exactly the type of event we love to sponsor. We're already looking forward to sharing the benefits of XPEL clear bra & window films with attendees next year. TX2K18 can't come soon enough! CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LIST OF RACE RESULTS   TX2K17 GALLERY

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NISMO Fiesta 2015 in Austin, Texas

NIMSO Fiesta in Austin, Texas Featuring XPEL and XPEL AUSTIN Nismo Fiesta made its first debut in April 2011. It has become one of the largest all Datsun, Nissan, Infiniti event in the country. Nismo Fiesta 2015 consisted of a three-day event from May 22nd thru May 24th in Austin, Texas. The event began on Friday night with an opening banquet at the host hotel, the lavish Austin Airport Hilton. The banquet consisted of the opening monologue, a Mr. K tribute ceremony, an update from Nissan USA and a word from the sponsors. For the Saturday event, attendees had their choice of a hill country cruise through the scenic Texas hill country or a full track day at Austin's own Driveway Racetrack. After a long day in the driver’s seat, the host hotel held a relaxed mixer with a live band and dinner. Sunday's event was the largest event of the 3 days at Nismo Fiesta. The event was held at the Driveway Racetrack and consisted of an all Datsun/Nissan/Infiniti car show, a full course kart racing track, a mobile dyno, raffle prizes, a multitude of sponsors and vendors as well. It was a great event and we look forward to next year!  Pre-cut XPEL ULTIMATE kits that were installed on the Nissan GTR. Pre-cut XPEL ULTIMATE kits that were installed on the Nissan 370Z.    NISMO Fiesta Banquet Dinner Guest Speakers from Nismo Fiesta Banquet Bryan Heitkotter, a record-holder, a winner and a champion. He has accomplished what every teenager has ever dreamed of doing while playing a race car video game. He has became a professional race car driver. Instead of playing the video game, he is living vicariously through it. He is the first American that transitioned from racing virtual cars to racing real cars...for more information click: Bryan Heitkotter's Story After roasting a few friends, Michael M. "Mad Mike" Taylor began explaining his involvement with Nissan, for the people that did not know the story. Michael, better known to the car community as "Mad Mike," lobbied company officials to bring the "Z" back after Nissan killed it from production in 1996. During the speech at Nismo Fiesta, Mad Mike explained that when he went to Japan to get the "Z" back he met with Yutaka Katayama, also known to the car community as "Mr. K." Mr. K is known as the father of the Z. So naturally these two car enthusiasts got along very well.  Skip ahead a few years and in 2003 the "Z" was reborn. Mad Mike credits the Z's re-birth to Carlos Ghosn, the Executive for Nissan Motor Company. To read more about Mad Mike click: More Info     

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BlackJack Speed Shop’s 2014 Nissan GT-R Black Edition gets full matte film XPEL STEALTH wrap

  BlackJack Speed Shop BlackJack Speed Shop are the go to guys for wheels, tires, performance upgrades, and much more here in the San Antonio area. BlackJackSpeedShop.com Nissan Skyline GT-R When most people think of Nissan they think about practical four door family cars. It was in 1964 in the Japanese Grand Prix that the 2000GT Skyline took on a Porsche 904. Although the Skyline took second, it was a big step for Nissan. Take a look at the heritage, car by car, of the Skyline GT-R. It was in 1964 with the 2000GT that the Skyline legend was born. After racing head to head against a Porsche 904, Nissan knew they were on to something.   The first official GT-R, a four door sedan, wins 36 races in less than two years. The GT-R hardtop extends its predecessor's winning streak. The sedan and hard top win 50 races in three years. With more of an American muscle influence, this fastback is the last GT-R for 16 years. The R32 is born in 1993. The R33 does the unbelievable, lapping the Nurburgring in under 8 minutes. Maybe one of the most beautiful cars of all time, the R34 debuts. It's configurable in-dash display shows 7 types of real-time driving. In 2009, the GT-R is brought back to life. --From GTRNissan.Com Fast and Furious The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a favorite among enthusiasts, tuners, and the like. The current generation R35 GT-R is one of the fastest, and most capable cars on the planet.  There are modified versions of R35 GT-R's that make 1,800 horsepower and can go a quarter mile in 8 seconds. Even the stock GT-R is impressive, coming in at 2.8 seconds to 60. For the price point (right around $120,000 fully loaded), the performance of the GT-R is on par with super cars that cost half a million. Godzilla meets Paint Protection The plans for this 2014 GT-R are extreme. With horsepower numbers to be upwards of 1,000, this GT-R is going to get a lot of love. So to help make it unique, and protect it, BlackJack Speed Shop brought their new arrival to us. We installed a full STEALTH matte finish film wrap. What our STEALTH film does is protect the paint, while leaving a matte finish. So you get the self-healing and stain resistant properties of our ULTIMATE film with the sleek look of a matte finish. We took off all easily removable body panels, including, both bumpers, a pillars, and rocker panels to ensure a much cleaner installation. By removing the body panels we can wrap the film to ensure a seamless install. The results are amazing.   XPEL Ultimate Self-healing Clear Bra XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with it's clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much so that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your car has many benefits. It will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. Demonstration of our XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing properties Our XPEL ULTIMATE film self-heals from light scratches, swirl marks and rock chips while driving or maintaining your vehicle. During the show we use a Brass wire brush to simulate the every day occurrences that can affect the film. With the sun on the display the scratches from the brush instantly disappear. When the sun is not available, you can accelerate the healing process with a cup of warm water or a heat source. Not all Patterns are created equal At XPEL we pride ourselves on our pre-cut pattern software. By using a pre-cut pattern you’ll have less to worry about, since the installer will not be trimming the film on your vehicle. Using a pre-cut pattern the film will naturally fit without excessive stretching or contortion, which means the finished product not only lines up perfectly but is free of defects which could be visible once the install is finished. Contrary to what some may believe it’s possible to wrap edges using a computer cut pattern which gives you a much better protection and installation. With XPEL Technologies Corp., all patterns are available with precision cut wrapped edges where possible. Where a wrapped edge is not possible, for example around the parking sensors on a bumper, reverse cameras and more, the film is always machine cut with precision. You can pick and choose your coverage options. Door handle inserts, also known as door cups. This area is prone to getting scratched when entering and exiting the vehicle with rings, fingernails, etc... Luggage Area Kit. This area is prone to damage due to items being removed from the trunk. Headlights and/or Fog-lights Kit Rocker Panels High Impact Areas      BlackJack Speed Shop  

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Nissan R35 GT-R equipped with twin-turbo V6, AWD, and full body XPEL paint protection clear bra

The R35 GT-R The owner of this beautiful 2010 Nissan GT-R knows the importance of paint protection film. We covered the entire car bumper to bumper with our XPEL Ultimate Self-Healing film. Not only can this GTR launch you to 60 in just under 3.5 seconds, but it's also protected from rock chips and scratches. To learn more about XPEL paint protection films visit us at XPEL.com, and be sure to "Like" us on Facebook at Facebook.com/XPELtech for a chance to win a $100 XPEL gift set. XPEL Ultimate Self-healing Clear Bra XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with it's clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much so that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your car has many benefits. It will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. Demonstration of our XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing properties Our XPEL ULTIMATE film self-heals from light scratches, swirl marks and rock chips while driving or maintaining your vehicle. During the show we use a Brass wire brush to simulate the every day occurrences that can affect the film. With the sun on the display the scratches from the brush instantly disappear. When the sun is not available, you can accelerate the healing process with a cup of warm water or a heat source. Not all Patterns are created equal At XPEL we pride ourselves on our pre-cut pattern software. By using a pre-cut pattern you’ll have less to worry about, since the installer will not be trimming the film on your vehicle. Using a pre-cut pattern the film will naturally fit without excessive stretching or contortion, which means the finished product not only lines up perfectly but is free of defects which could be visible once the install is finished. Contrary to what some may believe it’s possible to wrap edges using a computer cut pattern which gives you a much better protection and installation. With XPEL Technologies Corp., all patterns are available with precision cut wrapped edges where possible. Where a wrapped edge is not possible, for example around the parking sensors on a bumper, reverse cameras and more, the film is always machine cut with precision. You can pick and choose your coverage options. Door handle inserts, also known as door cups. This area is prone to getting scratched when entering and exiting the vehicle with rings, fingernails, etc... Luggage Area Kit. This area is prone to damage due to items being removed from the trunk. Headlights and/or Fog-lights Kit Rocker Panels High Impact Areas    

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